896 units get show-cause notices from PCBA

Rituraj Borthakur
 GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – The Pollution Control Board, Assam has slapped notices to 896 defaulting industries, hotels, lodges, heath care units which have failed to meet the prescribed norms for removing the pollutants from the effluent before it is discharged.“It is to direct the defaulting industries, hotels, lodges, heath care units who have not yet responded to the show cause notice issued by the Board in compliance with the Supreme Court judgement (WP(C) 375/ 2012 on 22.2.2017) to furnish the reply within fifteen days or face closure notice,” the notice by the Member Secretary of the Board said.

Board’s Member Secretary BK Barua told The Assam Tribune most of those facing the notice are lodges and hotels. The list also includes tea factories and health care units.

“Normally, industries have the effluent treatment plants. The problem is in the unorganized sector. After the expiry of the fifteen days, we will give a report to the Supreme Court and depending on its order we will take further course of action,” he said.

Among those who have been slapped notices, around 239 units are of Kamrup (metro).

In the judgement on a petition filed by Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, the apex court had in February last year directed industrial units across the country to set up effluent treatment plants within three months.

Source : http://assamtribune.com